Middle Primary Staff
Year 3 Teacher
Sara studied for her BA (Hons) in Primary Education from Manchester Metropolitan University and spent part of this time studying and teaching in the Netherlands. After graduating, Sara moved back to her home city of Leeds to teach across Upper Key Stage 2, followed by four years teaching in a British International School in Beijing, China. Whilst there, she led both the ECA and Topic curriculums as well as being a teacher of both Year 3 and Year 5. For the past two years, Sara has been living and teaching in Bulgaria, helping to develop the Maths and IPC programmes there, as well as mentoring newly qualified teachers. Sara enjoys keeping fit and has coached several sports, including football and netball. In 2017 she was awarded ‘Sports Coach of the Year’ for her effort and contribution towards sport at her school and she is looking forward to bringing her energy and passion for sport into her teaching role. This will be Sara’s first year at BSW and she will be a Year 3 class teacher.
Year 3 Teacher
Gerald has been teaching for over 30 years in the UK, Poland and Cyprus. He started out as a music teacher, having studied violin and piano at The Royal Academy of Music in London, and morphed into a primary teacher ten years ago. He loves to play the piano, sing, read, dig in his garden and swim. Children in his class are requested to laugh at his jokes even if they don't find them funny.
Year 4 Teacher / Middle Primary Coordinator
Jo has been teaching throughout Key Stage One and Two for the past 14 years. After obtaining her teaching degree, she spent 4 years teaching in a multicultural school in England. Whilst Joanne loved her job, she decided that she wanted to try teaching internationally - it was one of the best decisions she has ever made!
Jo’s first international placement was in a British International School in Seoul, South Korea as a class teacher and Head of Year 4. For the past 4 years she has been living in Warsaw and teaching and coordinating Primary Maths in a large British school. Here at BSW, she is a Year 4 class teacher, Phase Leader for Middle Primary and Maths Lead for the lower school (Rec-Y4).
Year 5 Teacher
Sam Barker is from a small town in Yorkshire, Northern England. He has been teaching for five years; the first three were in a small town near the Lake District and the last two years were spent teaching in an International School in Thailand. He is a graduate of Northumbria University where he earned his first degree in Environmental Management before returning to university in 2013 to study Primary Teaching at Cumbria University.
Sam writes: "I love travelling and I am really excited to be here in Warsaw as I love this city and all the amazing opportunities it offers both in the city and in the surrounding countryside. I have always taken great pleasure facilitating learning and encouraging children to grow as individuals. I am committed to promoting independent, experiential learning experiences and developing the children's critical thinking skills. I love taking the learning outdoors and will endeavour to do this as often as possible."
Year 3 Support Teacher
Marta graduated from Warsaw University and has a Masters Degree in Early Education Studies. Since joining BSW in October 2015 she had been teaching Polish lessons across the school from Reception to Year 4. During this period Marta had taken various trainings and workshops for teachers to develop her skills in delivering the best education. This year she has taken a position of support teacher in Year 3 and she is really pleased to help children every day in their learning journey.
Year 4 Support Teacher
Renata holds a Bachelor’s degree from Warsaw University with a major in English Language Teaching and a Masters in Faculty of Modern Languages also from Warsaw University. She lived in London for 11 years. During that time she was involved in various projects concerning children's education and care. In her free time she likes to read and also enjoys travelling and finding out about foreign cultures.
Year 5 Teaching Assistant
A Certified Coach (ICC), trained Stress Management Coach and Mental Health Trainer, Pernilla joined BSW in the spring 2018 as a Teaching Assistant. With a degree in engineering and following a successful career as a civil servant in defence acquisition, serving both in several engineering, policy development and management positions in her native Sweden as well as promoting international cooperation at the heart of the EU in Brussels, she now combines this wealth of experience and training with her love for helping children realise their full potential. Married, with two daughters, during her free time she enjoys sports, crafts and music.